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PGMA to ground-break proposed technical school for children of low-income families in Bulacan

Manila (5 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit Bulacan province Wednesday to lead the first celebration of the founding anniversary of the Bulacan Polytechnic College (BPC) and the groundbreaking ceremony for its proposed two-hectare new campus in Barangay Grace Ville in San Jose Del Monte City.

Bulacan Gov. Joselito Mendoza, SJDMC lone district Rep. Arthur Robes, SJDMC Mayor Eduardo Roquero and BPC President Gerry Cruz are among the personalities expected to welcome the President when she arrives at the BPC grounds.

Following her arrival here, the President is scheduled to lead the capsule-laying to signal the start of construction of the new BPC building. She will also view the scale model of the building.

Owned and managed by the Bulacan provincial government, the BPC in SJDMC is conceptualized to provide access to technical courses to high school graduates and out-of-school youths from low-income families in the city and neighboring towns, to education and to prepare them for jobs abroad.

The school will also serve as an educational and training center offering technological and vocational courses that will complement other tertiary institutions in the province of Bulacan.

At present, BPC-SJDMC is temporarily holding classes at the Sapang Palay National Trade School Campus. Its enrollment 320 is expected to increase to about 1,000 students when the new campus in Barangay Graceville is completed sometime next year.

The two-hectare new BPC campus was donated by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to Bulacan under the Usutruct Agreement.

Under the agreement, the NHA will allow the province of Bulacan to use the two-hectare portion of its 5.88-hectare property for the school building for fifteen years. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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